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MONDAY MORNING COFFEE BREAK

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01columnists/gswindoll.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="161"> [Premium article] Recruiting near's an end. Basketball teams doing well. Baseball starts practice today. The latest Gene's Page technical information. Plus, an update on the Gene's Page calendar. That and much more in the February 4th edition of the Gene's Page Monday Morning Coffee Break.

FOOTBALL RECRUITING

With signing day just three days away, I thought I would lead off with the latest on football recruiting.

With the weekend commitment of Parade All-American Marvin Byrdsong, Mississippi State now has three Parade All-American's committed. The other two are Brandon High School's Jerious Norwood and Clarkdale High School's Darren Williams. Mississippi State is still in contention for one other Parade All-American, Nick Turner of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He will choose between Maryland and Mississippi State. There are 55 players on the Parade AA team. No other school in Mississippi has a Parade All-American selection committed to them.

Those are not the only nationally ranked recruits that Mississippi State has received commitments from. Although he didn't make the Parade All-American team, Hernando High School's Deljuan Robinson did make the Sporting News' top 25 national players list, along with Norwood and Williams. No other school in Mississippi has a commitment from this list.

Parade and The Sporting News are not the only national lists Mississippi State has done well in. State also has four members of TheInsiders top-101 players list committed. They are Darren Williams (41st), Deljuan Robinson (47th), Jerious Norwood (50th) and Marvin Byrdsong (55th). As of today, only five other SEC schools have commitments from players included in that list: Florida (3), Tennessee (2), Georgia (2), and Auburn and Mississippi with 1 each.

Plus, Mississippi State has commitments from Keith Andrews, considered by some recruiting publications as one of the top five kickers in the country, and The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen selections Ken Topps, Aries Nelson and Richard Burch. Norwood, Williams and Robinson also made the Dandy Dozen team giving Mississippi State commitments from half of the Dandy Dozen.

Of the players that made The Clarion-Ledger's top 25 Mississippi players, Mississippi State has commitments from thirteen, Mississippi has six (or seven, if you count Jay Kirkland), Southern Miss has two, Tennessee has one and three (Kirkland?, Duckworth, Brown) are still undecided.

Mississippi State is still waiting to see what happens with recruits Sam Olajubutu - Georgia 3A defensive player of the year - and Nathan Bennett. Olajubutu committed to MSU a few weeks ago, but is considering Arkansas after making an unofficial visit there the last weekend of January. Bennett committed to MSU during his official visit, but a published report by one Clemson unofficial site said that he has backed off from that commitment and is now committed to Clemson.

In the latest TheInsiders top-25 recruiting classes rankings, Mississippi State is ranked 21st. This list does not include the Byrdsong commitment. That should push MSU into the top 20.

Signing day is this coming Wednesday. Visit Gene's Page for the latest up-to-date signings.

MSU BASKETBALL

Mississippi State's men's basketball team (17-5, 4-4 SEC) has a huge home game this Wednesday. With back to back home games (Alabama is next Saturday), they have a solid chance to go 19-5, but your support can make all the difference in the world. Please do your best to attend the games this week.

The Lady Bulldogs are off to their best-ever SEC start , beating Georgia and Auburn, both ranked teams, this past week. Mississippi State is now 16-6 on the season and 7-2 in the SEC. State now has a four-game SEC win streak, one short of MSU's five-game SEC win streak record set in 1999-2000.

MSU BASEBALL

Mississippi State baseball has their first practice today. According to Coach Polk, it will start at 1:30 this afternoon.

Mississippi State is ranked in all four polls: 17th by Baseball America, 20th by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, 21st by NCBWA/CSN and 23rd by Collegiate Baseball. Baseball America also picked sophomore left-hander Paul Maholm as their pre-season pitcher of the year in the SEC. They also are projecting him as a first-round draft pick in the 2003 Major League Baseball summer draft. In their SEC best tools section, they chose Matthew Brinson as the top defensive first baseman and Steve Gendron as the top defensive third baseman.

TECHNICAL HELP

Here is how you can change your password in your account. Go to my front page. Scroll down until you see MEMBER SERVICES on the left-hand column. Click on MY ACCOUNT. Enter your username and password if you aren't already signed on. If you are signed on, no username and password will be necessary. Click on MY MEMBER PROFILE. You are now in your account and can change your password.

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS

If you are looking for the nearest Mississippi State football signing day party, CLICK HERE. If you don't see your party listed on the Gene's Page calendar, email Mary Ann your information. Mary Ann will post your info. on the Gene's Page calendar. We purchased the calendar for your use, so please don't hesitate using it. Mary Ann's email address is maryannswindoll@hotmail.com.

Well, that wraps up this week's edition of the Monday Morning Bulldog Coffee Break.

Have a great Bulldog week!

Gene Swindoll



Archived Monday Morning Coffee Break Articles:
Jan. 28, 2002
Jan. 21, 2002
Jan. 14, 2002
Jan. 7, 2002
Dec. 31, 2001
Dec. 24, 2001
Dec. 17, 2001
Dec. 10, 2001
Dec. 3, 2001
Nov. 26, 2001
Nov. 19, 2001
Nov. 12, 2001
Nov. 7, 2001


Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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